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Indianapolis Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity

Tim Scott moderated the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity on July 27, 2016 at the American Legislative Exchange Council Annual National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Panel 1

Michigan Representative Tim Kelly

Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir

Panel 2

Robert Woodson – Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Jacqueline Cissell, Director of Community Engagement in Indiana

Carol D’Amico, Executive Vice President, National Engagement & Philanthropy, USA Funds


Press Release:


A Partnership of The Center for Education Reform and The Jack Kemp Foundation Convenes at ALEC in Indianapolis July 27, 2016 Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Headline Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity with U.S. Senator Tim Scott

WASHINGTON, DC — On July 27, 2016, The Center for Education Reform and The Jack Kemp Foundation will welcome Indiana Governor Mike Pence, along with U.S. Senator Tim Scott and Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir, to the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity has been established as a vehicle for federal lawmakers to learn from and engage state and local leaders on specific, tangible efforts to ensure upward mobility through education policies that empower people and reduce dependency and poverty. “Our goal with the Jack Kemp Foundation is to ensure that Congress has a roadmap for educational opportunity that benefits and draws from best practice thinking in the private sector as well as lessons from key states where Governors have made opportunity a prominent part of their agenda,” said Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform. Seeking common ground on the best paths toward making educational opportunity available to students at all levels regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code, the forums are intended to ignite a national conversation on upward mobility and empowerment, with a renewed focus on innovation and education solutions as a critical aspect of that goal. “Engaging and recognizing exceptional leaders who champion the American Dream is critical for our nation’s future. We want to drive conversations that translate into tangible action for policy and paves the way for a better future for all,” said Jimmy Kemp, President of the Jack Kemp Foundation.

This invitation-only Kemp Forum is being held in conjunction with the ALEC opening reception on July 27th at 6:45PM. The location is the NCAA Hall of Champions immediately following the reception.  To RSVP for the forum, please contact Brenda Hefera at

The mission of The Center for Education Reform (CER) is to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth, ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

The mission of The Jack Kemp Foundation is to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders who champion the American Idea.

The Jack Kemp Foundation and The Center for Education Reform are nonprofit, tax-exempt entities organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).  The Jack Kemp Foundation engages only in educational activities and does not engage in any lobbying or political activity as those terms are defined by the IRC. Contributions to the Jack Kemp Foundation are deductible to the donor to the extent allowed by law.  

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